Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation Award for Excellence in Jewelry Design



Gianmaria Buccellati hand sketching a jewellery design on paper.

The Gianmaria Buccellati Award for Excellence in Design was established in partnership with the Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation in 2018 to recognise outstanding talent in design among GIA students globally. Every year over 200 students’ work is reviewed and recognised by peers, faculty staff and ultimately by a panel of distinguished judges to determine an awardee. A student exhibition of finalists will be organised and displayed in Tucson and New York. 

How to Qualify for the Award

The competition is open to all students who successfully complete the GIA Jewelry Design course in the same calendar year. All designs submitted are original, hand-rendered works painted according to GIA’s Jewelry Design curriculum and completed during the course. The pieces then go through several phases of judging and are ultimately evaluated by a panel of industry experts in design, manufacturing, jewellery retail and jewellery publication.

To find out more about the GIA Jewelry Design course, contact us.

Past Winners

A necklace featuring amethyst, diamond, moonstone, conch pearls, baroque pearl, coral and black opal

About the Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation

The Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation is a non-profit organisation created in 2008 that aims to conserve and celebrate the extraordinary artistic and cultural legacy of Gianmaria Buccellati and his father Mario. Gianmaria’s work has been honoured with major awards from both the Italian and the French governments. He has been featured in exhibitions around the world including at the Smithsonian, the San Francisco Academy of Science, the Royal Ontario Museum and many others.  His work is also in the permanent collections of The Pitti Palace, The Smithsonian and the Kremlin museums. The foundation, in addition to supporting young aspiring designers and goldsmiths, also publishes books and continues to present exhibitions of Gianmaria’s work around the world.